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The Influence of Setting on the Apocalyptic Atmosphere of 1984

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Elaina Rosettis

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The Influence of Setting on the
Apocalyptic Atmosphere of 1984 Life as Winston wants it does not exist; what does exist are settings that lead to forms of destruction which result in pain and death. "...there was no food in the
kitchen except a hunk of
dark- coloured bread which
had to be saved for tomorrow's
breakfast." (7) Sense of starvation DEATH where can we find similar kinds of living conditions in our country? The setting that leads to destruction
in the proles section is shown literally. "THere was a roar
that seemed to make the
pavement heave;... The bomb
had demolished a group of houses
two hundred meters up the
street." (87)
"Within three or
four minutes... [the]
swarming life of the
streets was going
on as though
nothing had
happened." (88) This demonstrates how society is accustomed to tragic destruction. The poor living conditions
of winston's home are not
much better than that of
the proles. What current real world
settings reflect this
apocalyptic type of
destruction? War is Constant Winston comes
closer to the life
he wants to have
when he escapes
with Julia. He escapes dismal & hopeless settings, but there is a false sense of security. What modern day technologies give us a false sense of security? "... in the warm light the place looked curiously inviting." (100) His ideal life cannot exist because it is not allowed to exist. Death and Pain EXIST Golden Country does not "one could not avoid it, but one could perhaps postpone it: and yet instead, every now and again, by a conscious, wilful act, one could shorten the interval before it happened." (146) Winston was not trembling any longer. Even his eyes barely moved. One thing alone mattered: to keep still, to keep still and not give them an excuse to hit you!" (232) IN CONCLUSION... Winston holds onto the futile hope of his ideal life. The settings in the novel provide many clues about the lack of hope for winston and others: VICTORY MANSIONS have horrible living conditions. They are physically destroyed and lack basic necessities. The PROLES SECTION are the slums of Oceania, and have suffered great destruction. Mr. Charrington's RENTED ROOM gives a false sense of security. It is a trap that leads to Winston's destruction. What lessons can world leaders learn from George Orwell's 1984?
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